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North Korean Govt ”sentences man to death” for smuggling copies of Netflix’s blockbuster series “Squid Game”
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North Korean Govt ”sentences man to death” for smuggling copies of Netflix’s blockbuster series “Squid Game”

A man has reportedly been sentenced to death in North Korea for smuggling copies of Netflix’s blockbuster series “Squid Game” into the country. According to Radio Free Asia (via Variety), authorities were led to the man after they caught high school students watching the series. The report states that “Squid Game” was smuggled into the country from China through the use of a USB flash drive. The smuggler faces death by firing squad, while the students involved in bringing “Squid Game” into school are facing prison sentences. Radio Free Asia reports: “A student who bought a drive received a life sentence, while six others who watched the show have been sentenced to five years hard labor, and teachers and school administrators have been fired and face banishment to work in remot...
Kim Jong-un orders North Koreans to worship ‘Kimjongunism’
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Kim Jong-un orders North Koreans to worship ‘Kimjongunism’

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, 37, wants to be worshipped by his people. The dictator is pushing "Kimjongunism" which hails him as a "Great Leader". Portraits of his father and grandfather in the capital city of Pyongyang have been taken down to present Kim John-un as unrivalled in his position of power. Kim Jong-Un's grandfather, Kim Il-sung founded the country in 1948 and became the third longest-serving political leader of the 20th century. According to South Korea's spy agency though, Kim hopes his image and reputation can surpass that of his grandfather and his dad, Kim Jong-il who followed. Reports claim the term "Kimjongunism" is being promoted in government circles and state media is calling Kim "Great Leader", which has previously only been used in reference to...
North Korea announces it has fired new ‘hypersonic missile’, putting the whole of Asia on alert
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North Korea announces it has fired new ‘hypersonic missile’, putting the whole of Asia on alert

The Asian continent is currently on high alert after North Korea claimed that it successfully tested a new hypersonic missile called Hwasong-8 on Tuesday, September 28. The country's state media said the new missile is one of the "five most important" new weapons systems laid out in its five-year military development plan. They called the missile a "strategic weapon", and in military terms a strategic weapon usually has nuclear capabilities. Tuesday's launch also saw North Korea introduce missile fuel ampoule for the first time - described by North Korea analyst Ankit Panda as a "significant milestone". The launch, if true is another indication of Pyongyang's growing weapons technology amid strict sanctions by the United Nations. ...
North Korea announces willingness to have peace summit with South Korea
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North Korea announces willingness to have peace summit with South Korea

North Korea is willing to consider having another peace summit with South Korea if mutual respect between the neighbors can be assured, North Korean state news agency KCNA has said. Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, made the announcement according to KCNA. North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons has complicated the question of both countries formally ending their war, which halted with an armistice, rather than a peace treaty, leaving US-led UN forces technically still at war with the North. For decades, North Korea has sought an end to the 1950-53 Korean War, but the United States has been reluctant to agree, unless it gives up nuclear weapons. Last week, September 22, at the United Nations General Assembly, South Korea's president Moon Jae-In state...
“Call to Declare end of Korean War is Premature – North Korea tells South Korea
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“Call to Declare end of Korean War is Premature – North Korea tells South Korea

North Korea says South Korea's call to declare a formal end to the Korean War is premature as there is no guarantee it would lead to peace in the Korean peninsula. The two Koreas are still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a ceasefire following huge involvement from the US and China. Since the war ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, war can still break out between both sides at anytime with the US pledging to defend South Korea while China sides with North Korea. South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday, September 21, made a call for a formal end to the Korean War in an address to the UN General Assembly and proposed that the two Koreas with the United States, or with the US and China, make such a declaration. But North Korea h...
North Koreans banned from discussing Kim Jong-Un’s Weight Loss
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North Koreans banned from discussing Kim Jong-Un’s Weight Loss

North Korea has warned citizens to refrain from discussing Kim Jong Un's weight loss as gossip is a 'reactionary act'. The warning comes after pictures of the leader looking increasingly thin caused a stir when he made his first appearance following a prolonged absence in June. Government officials are now insisting that the 37-year-old ruler, commonly referred to as the 'Highest Dignity' by state media, is not only perfectly healthy but has in fact lost weight as a result of worrying about his people and their ongoing food shortages, which has been blamed on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Spreading rumours about the Dignity's health is regarded as treason by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), an unnamed insider has disclosed to th...
North Korea issues warning to US and South Korea over ‘hostile acts’ as they begin war Games Training
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North Korea issues warning to US and South Korea over ‘hostile acts’ as they begin war Games Training

  North Korea has denounced South Korea over its joint military exercises with the United States, which are due to begin this week, warning that such actions risked provoking "a serious security crisis." The warning comes as the US and South Korea began their preliminary war training games on Tuesday, August 10, with official computer-simulated drills taking place between August 16 and 26, according to local media. It also comes after Pyongyang stopped responding to a hotline set up between the two Koreas, less than a month after communication was restored following an agreement with Seoul in late July. Usually the two countries will check in with each other over the hotlines twice a day to ensure smooth relations between the two nations, but South Korea's Unification ...
North Korea in ‘great crisis’ after Covid-19 lapses – Kim Jong-un complains
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North Korea in ‘great crisis’ after Covid-19 lapses – Kim Jong-un complains

North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un has blasted his top officials over lapses which caused an unspecified "great crisis" related to Covid-19, North Korean state media reports. This is the first time the leader is publicly acknowledging the country's covid-19 crisis as information that leaves North Korea is tightly guarded. North Korea - closed its borders to keep out the virus after previously insisting it had no Covid cases a claim that was doubted by health experts. Last week, Kim admitted there was a "tense" food situation and told citizens to prepare for the "worst-ever" outcome.   On Monday, North Korean state television aired a rare remark by a citizen commenting on Kim's "emaciated" look after he appeared to have lost some weight. In remarks reported by state new...
North Korea Warns US and South Korea of ‘Crisis beyond Control’ in Heated Statements
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North Korea Warns US and South Korea of ‘Crisis beyond Control’ in Heated Statements

The Secretive state of North Korea has warned the United States it will face a "crisis beyond control in the near future" and accused South Korea of carrying out an "intolerable provocation" against Pyongyang in a series of statements released Sunday, May 2. In one statement, North Korea blasted US President Joe Biden for saying, in a speech to Congress on Thursday that Pyongyang's nuclear program presents "a serious threat to America's security and world security." North Korea which is now a nuclear state, accused the US of engaging in "political chicanery" last week, when the State Department called North Korea "one of the most repressive and totalitarian states in the world." Kwon Jong Gun, the director general of the Department of US Affairs at North Korea's Foreign Minist...
North Korea announces it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics
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North Korea announces it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics

The Secretive State of North Korea has reportedly decided to drop out of the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics due to concerns its athletes could contract coronavirus. North Korea decided to sever ties with the outside world in 2020 to prevent an influx of coronavirus cases in the country. The country has not reported a single case of Covid-19, and there have been no indications one has taken place, though health experts doubt Pyongyang's claim the country has not seen a single case of the virus. According to a report published Tuesday, April 6, on DPRK Sports, a state media outlet focused on sports affairs, North Korean officials announced that the country would not be participating in this summer's Games in order to "protect players from the world public health crisis caused by Cov...
North Korea Has 60 Nuclear Weapons & Could Launch Smallpox On Missile – US Army
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North Korea Has 60 Nuclear Weapons & Could Launch Smallpox On Missile – US Army

North Korea has up to 60 nuclear weapons and a 5,000-tonne stockpile of chemical weapons, according to the US Army. The calculations were made last month in a report by the US Department of the Army, called North Korean tactics. Sections warn Kim Jong-un’s regime may be able to obtain 100 such weapons by the end of this year, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports. It reads: “Estimates for North Korean nuclear weapons range from 20-60 bombs, with the capability to produce 6 new devices each year. North Korea is supposedly the third biggest possessor of chemical agents, with 2,500-5,000 tonnes and 20 different types, the research adds. The authors say that Kim’s scientists have been working on weaponising anthrax or smallpox, and potentially mounting them on missiles to...
China responds after US deployed 3 Navy aircraft carriers to the Pacific Ocean as tensions between both countries escalate
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China responds after US deployed 3 Navy aircraft carriers to the Pacific Ocean as tensions between both countries escalate

For the very first time since 2017 when tensions with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program were at their peak, the US has deployed three of its 100,000-ton naval war vessels to the Pacific ocean, as tensions with China over the South China sea and Hong Kong continue to escalate. The three ships namely USS Ronald Reagan, the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the USS Nimitz contain over 60 military aircraft and nuclear capable bombers and the deployment represents the biggest deployment of US aircraft carriers in the Pacific since 2017.   "Carriers and carrier strike groups writ large are phenomenal symbols of American naval power. I really am pretty fired up that we've got three of them at the moment," Rear Adm. Stephen Koehler, director of operations at I...
North Korea Issues Fresh Warning to America
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North Korea Issues Fresh Warning to America

North Korea, on Thursday, warned the United States not to interfere in the inter-Korean matters. Xinhua reports that DPRK described America’s dealing on the issues as “disgusting”. Kim Jong Un spoke to the Korean Central News Agency. The official stated that it was ridiculous for Washington to urge the DPRK to return to diplomacy despite keeping close ties with South Korea. “No one is entitled to say this or that about the inter-Korean relations as the relations pertain to the internal affairs of the Korean nation from A to Z,’’ Kwon said. North Korea has called off all inter-Korean communication lines in protest of South Korean authorities for allowing “defectors” to fly leaflets across the border. In reaction, America expressed disappointment over Pyongyang’s decisi...
North Korea Condemns The South For Holding Military Drills
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North Korea Condemns The South For Holding Military Drills

North Korea condemned the South on Friday for holding military drills, saying the situation was returning to before the diplomatic rapprochement of 2018, as leader Kim Jong Un – whose health was the subject of intense speculation in recent weeks – reached out to traditional ally Beijing, Reuters reports. Kim sent Chinese leader Xi Jinping a diplomatic communication congratulating him for China’s “success” in controlling the novel coronavirus epidemic, the state news agency KCNA reported. The nuclear-armed North has closed its borders to try to protect itself from the disease that first emerged in its giant neighbour, and insists it has not had any cases even as the virus has swept across the world. Kim told Xi he was as pleased with China’s successes as his own, KCNA reported,...
China Sends Doctors To Check On Kim Jong-Un’s Health
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China Sends Doctors To Check On Kim Jong-Un’s Health

China has sent a team to North Korea including medical experts to check on Kim Jong-un, according to three people familiar with the situation. The trip by the Chinese doctors and officials comes amid conflicting reports about the health of the North Korean ruler. It was not immediately clear what the trip by the Chinese team signalled in terms of Kim’s health. A delegation led by a senior member of the Chinese Communist party’s international liaison department left Beijing for North Korea on Thursday, two of the people told Reuters. The department is the main Chinese body dealing with neighbouring North Korea. The sources declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the matter. The liaison department could not be reached for comment late on Friday. China’s foreign min...
North Korea Busy With Missile Tests As World Faces Coronavirus Crisis
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North Korea Busy With Missile Tests As World Faces Coronavirus Crisis

North Korea is busy testing a range of missiles, while the world faces a coronavirus crisis.This has infuriated South Korea. On Sunday, the isolated nation fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast. It was its eighth and ninth missiles in four rounds of test in March alone. South Korea decried the test as “inappropriate”. The tests were conducted as the country’s troops simultaneously held drills, usually overseen by its leader Kim Jong Un. “In a situation where the entire world is experiencing difficulties due to COVID-19, this kind of military act by North Korea is very inappropriate and we call for an immediate halt,” South Korea’s Joint Chief of Staff said in a statement. Japan’s Ministry of Defense said the missil...
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North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un Reportedly Rejects UK’s Request to Rescue Quarantined Britons’

North Korea has reportedly rejected the UK's request to rescue Britons trapped in a coronavirus quarantine despite claims the country is virus-free. This comes after the British Government wrote to the North Korean government for permission to evacuate quarantined Britons' after Kim Jong-un's regime banned all travel into and out of the country. It is said that the UK and EU had proposed a chartered flight to pick up British and European nationals who are stranded and drop off supplies. But the request was denied, NK News reported, citing anonymous sources. The Kim regime indicated it would only allow special flights into and out of the country for medical emergencies, the report added. It was also reported that the 30-day quarantine for all foreigners in North Korea is lik...
North Korea ‘Executes Govt Official Suspected Of Having Coronavirus For Visiting A Public Bath’
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North Korea ‘Executes Govt Official Suspected Of Having Coronavirus For Visiting A Public Bath’

A North Korean official has reportedly been executed after he broke the terms of his coronavirus quarantine by going to a public bath while he was meant to be in quarantine. The trade official had been placed in medical quarantine after returning to North Korea from China. After the government worker was caught, he was arrested and immediately shot after risking the spread of coronavirus by visiting the public bath, the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper reported. The official had been placed in isolation after travelling to China with Kim Jong-un imposing military law to enforce the lockdown, sources said. He is said to have fallen foul of a decree by Kim Jong-un which vowed to ‘rule by military law’ against anyone who left quarantine without approval, one insider added. Another o...
US House Panel Advances Bill to Repeal Trump’s Travel Ban on Nigeria and Other Muslim Majority Countries
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US House Panel Advances Bill to Repeal Trump’s Travel Ban on Nigeria and Other Muslim Majority Countries

The United States House Judiciary Committee chaired by Jerry Nadler, on Wednesday, voted to advance a bill that would repeal Donald Trump's travel ban on Nigeria and other Muslim majority countries, and also limit the president from imposing future restrictions based on religion or worship. Early this month, President Trump signed a proclamation stopping citizens from Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria from applying for visas to immigrate to the U.S. The House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, voted along party lines in favour of advancing the "NO BAN Act", which was introduced after Trump imposed a new travel ban that included Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, and 5 other countries. Other countries that faced travel restrictions to the US include Iran,...
US House confirms travel ban targeting Nigeria, others as Pelosi reacts
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US House confirms travel ban targeting Nigeria, others as Pelosi reacts

United States House of Representatives has condemned the decision of President Donald Trump to extend his administration’s travel ban that will affect Nigeria and some other countries. Trump signed the original travel ban on January 27, 2017, just a week into his tenure. The ban was upheld by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2018. It affected Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea. For the new restrictions, countries on the list include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. On Monday, Democrats said that the House of Representatives will soon consider legislation that would repeal the travel ban and limit the president from imposing future restrictions, Reuters reports. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi...
North Korea Mum Faces Jail For Saving Her Kids From Fire Instead Of Kim’s Portrait
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North Korea Mum Faces Jail For Saving Her Kids From Fire Instead Of Kim’s Portrait

A North Korean mother has been threatened with jail after saving her two children from a house fire but allowing portraits of North Korea's leaders to burn. The woman has been placed under investigation by the country's Ministry of State Security after a fire broke out in a home shared by two families in Onsong County, North Hamgyong Province, close to the Chinese border. Both sets of parents were out at the time the fire started, but raced back to save their families after seeing smoke. In the process, one set of portraits was destroyed. North Korea demands that every home display paintings of its past leaders, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, and sends inspectors to ensure that they do. According to the Hermit Kingdom's laws, all depictions of the Kim family must be treated w...
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North Korea Warns US To Expect A Christmas Gift

North Korea has warned the US that it is up to them to decide what kind of Christmas gift they get this December as the deadline set by North Korea to finalize nuclear talks with the US approaches. Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of North Korea also on Wednesday was pictured making a surprise trip with all his close associates to a sacred mountain on white horse back. North Korea’s official News agency, the Korean Central News Agency released many photos on Wednesday showing Kim riding a horse to snow-covered Mount Paektu ( the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, ) along with his wife and other top lieutenants, all on white horses. Kim who climbed the mountain, in mid-October, has made previous visits to the mountain before making major decisions as the Kim family see the mo...
North Vs South Korea: Qatar World Cup Qualifiers, The Strangest Kind Of Football
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North Vs South Korea: Qatar World Cup Qualifiers, The Strangest Kind Of Football

Two Asian countries, North Korea and South Korea, who are still technically at war, will on Tuesday go head to head as they seek to qualify for the 2022 World Cup Qualifier in Qatar. According to the records, this will be the first football derby between the two countries since 1990. And as it used to be the case the past, the match was either played in South Korea or a third country but this time around it would take place in North Korea capital, Pyongyang. The strange part of it is that the match will not be broadcast live and also there will be no fan from South Korea, and no foreign media in the stands, according to BBC. "Football is the most popular spectator sport in North Korea and sports are hugely important for the North," Andray Abrahamian, Senior Adjunct Fellow a...
UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano dies at 72
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UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano dies at 72

Yukiya Amano, head of the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency, was confirmed dead on Monday at the age of 72.   The Japanese diplomat before his death, held the IAEA top job since 2009. He took over from Mohamed ElBaradei, and steered the U.N. agency through a period of intense diplomacy over Iran's nuclear program while seeking in vain to return to agency involvement in North Korea.   “The secretariat of the International Atomic Energy Agency regrets to inform with the deepest sadness of the passing away of Director General Yukiya Amano,” the IAEA said in a statement, without saying when he died.   The statement released by the IAEA did not lay out a time frame for naming a successor, though the race to succeed him had been taki...
9 Countries With The Highest Number Of Nuclear Warheads In The World
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9 Countries With The Highest Number Of Nuclear Warheads In The World

Tensions between the US and Iran were at their highest level in years after Tehran shot down a $220m ( or ₦79 billion) high-altitude U.S. drone with a surface-to-air missile last-week Thursday. Despite the last minute pull back by the United States to lunch military strikes in retaliation for downing the supposed US "stealth" drone, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, has again labelled the White House as "mentally disabled" after the US president announced fresh sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation. The ongoing confrontations has raised fears that a conflict between the two Nuclear-armed countries would quickly turn into wider war that could consume the entire region and beyond. According to a report published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIP...
North Korea: Kim Jong Un Executes Five Officials For Failed Trump Summit
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North Korea: Kim Jong Un Executes Five Officials For Failed Trump Summit

North Korea has executed five officials for their part in the failed second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, according to a South Korean newspaper. Citing the newspaper, Bloomberg News reported that Kim Hyok Chol, North Korea’s special envoy to the U.S., was executed by firing squad in March for being “won over by the American imperialists to betray the supreme leader.” The paper also claimed that four other North Korean Foreign Ministry officials were executed that same month because of the breakdown of the February summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, but did not provide details. Trump’s much-anticipated summit with Kim ended abruptly and without the two leaders signing any agreements over nuclear disarmament. Top Kim aide Kim Yong Chol is reporte...
North Korean’s Leader, Kim Jong-Un Travels To Russia In An Armoured Train
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North Korean’s Leader, Kim Jong-Un Travels To Russia In An Armoured Train

Kim Jong Un – North Korea’s leader – over the weekend, paid a visit to Russia. Interestingly, the reclusive Kim Jong Un made the trip on his armoured train. His visit to Russian comes amid signs that North Korea is increasing efforts to secure aid and restart stalled talks aimed at ending its nuclear weapons program in return for aid. The heavily armoured train conveys his 17 cars that include his personal Mercedes Benz that he will use during the trip. The train is said to be similar to the ones his father and grandfather constantly used. This is not the first time that Kim Jung has made the international official trip with the train. Kim had previously travelled to Bejing, China, in this same train. A lot of people find his choice of train for the international t...
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shake hands to begin Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam
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Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un shake hands to begin Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un are currently meeting at the start of their high-profile summit in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi. The pair shook hands before heading to talks and dinner at the five-star Metropole hotel where they are expected to discuss a roadmap for ridding the Korean peninsula of nuclear weapons in two days of talks. There has been little progress on that and other issues since the first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last year. President Trump said he thought this latest meeting would be “very successful”. Earlier, he tweeted in praise of the host country on Wednesday morning, writing: “Vietnam is thriving like few places on earth. North Korea would be the same, and very quickly if it would denuclearize. The potential is AWESOME”. ...
Trump’s Summit with North Korea’s leader. “better than anybody could have expected”.
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Trump’s Summit with North Korea’s leader. “better than anybody could have expected”.

U.S. President Donald Trump said a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday had gone “better than anybody could have expected”. He also said they would sign a document following talks on ways to end a nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula. Kim stood silently alongside Trump as he spoke to media during a post-lunch stroll through the gardens of the Singapore hotel where the summit was held, but the North Korean leader had earlier described their meeting as a “a good prelude to peace”. Both men walked to Trump’s limousine and looked in at the rear seat, with Trump apparently showing Kim something inside. They then resumed their walk. “A lot of progress – really very positive. I think better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line, very good....
Donald Trump And Kim Jong-Un Speak Following Historic Meeting
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Donald Trump And Kim Jong-Un Speak Following Historic Meeting

Just six months after trading threats about their respective “nuclear buttons,” President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in Singapore on Tuesday morning. It will be the first-ever meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea. After meeting with Kim privately for about half an hour, Trump declared that they have an “excellent relationship.” Trump predicted that he and Kim will have a “terrific relationship,” and said it’s his “honor” to sit down with the North Korean dictator. Kim told reporters, via a translator, “It was not an easy path here. There’s a history of holding onto our ankles,” meaning someone was acting as dead weight, “and it appeared there were times that there were unfortunate practices where they were trying to block our eyes and our ears, b...
Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad To Visit North Korea
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Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad To Visit North Korea

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad is set to visit North Korea in what would be the first visit by an international head of state to the country since Kim Jong-un came to power, North Korean state media reported. Assad is said to have told the North Korean envoy to Damascus, Mun Jong-nam, that he would make the trip during a meeting on May 30. “I am to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong-un,” Assad is quoted as saying, using the acronym for North Korea’s full name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. “I am sure that he will achieve the final victory and realize the reunification of Korea without fail,” Assad added. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian president’s office. Pyongyang and Damascus maintain good relations, and United Nations monitors have accu...
Man Reportedly Commits Suicide Over Frustration In Abuja
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Man Reportedly Commits Suicide Over Frustration In Abuja

A yet to be identified young man has allegedly committed suicide by hanging at the Lokogoma district of the Federal capital territory. According to reports, the deceased reportedly just removed his clothes by Efab Junction, Lokogoma and hung himself. He is said to have allegedly committed suicide out of frustration. His corpse is yet to be removed by the appropriate authorities. See reactions below; Why are more people committing suicide in Nigeria? Across Nigeria’s 36 states, official police statistics recorded 62 cases of suicide across Nigeria in 2016. Lagos and Ogun states have the highest rates: in 2016, 12 suicide cases and 5 suicide attempts were recorded in Lagos in 6 months The most notorious case was in March, 2017, when a man believed to be a doctor, asked h...
Kim Jong Un Makes First Ever Foreign Trip Since Taking Office, Meets Xi Jinping Of China
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Kim Jong Un Makes First Ever Foreign Trip Since Taking Office, Meets Xi Jinping Of China

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first ever trip outside the borders of his country since taking office, visiting China, Punch reports. Kim met with Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing at his invitation, ahead of his meeting with South Korea and U.S. leaders. Speaking at the banquet, Kim said he’s had successful talks with Jinping, and their relationship is a strategic and “only right” choice. He said: I have had successful talks with General Secretary Xi Jinping on developing relations between the two parties and the two countries, our respective domestic situation, maintaining peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and other issues. Both Comrade Chairman and I have personally experienced and witnessed the development of China-DPRK relationship. This is a strategic ...
Rex Tillerson: US Must Respond To Russia’s Behavior
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Rex Tillerson: US Must Respond To Russia’s Behavior

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned in his farewell remarks on Tuesday that Washington must do more to respond to Russia’s “troubling behavior and actions.” After he was sacked by President Donald Trump, Tillerson also said US efforts to pressure North Korea had worked better than expected and revealed he would pass authority to his deputy at midnight. The former oil executive said he would remain at the department until March 31 to conclude an administrative handover, but that Deputy Secretary John Sullivan would take charge. Tillerson did not address reports that he had only learned of his sacking earlier that day when he read about it in Trump’s tweet, but said he had since spoken to the president by telephone. Among his last acts as secretary, as he flew back f...
No Response Yet From North Korea On Talks With US
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No Response Yet From North Korea On Talks With US

South Korea says it has not received a response from Pyongyang on a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump. In a surprise development, Mr Trump on Friday accepted North Korea's invitation to direct talks. South Korean officials said Mr Kim was prepared to give up his nuclear weapons. Details on the planned talks remain vague, with no agreement yet on the location or agenda. Analysts are sceptical about what can be achieved through talks given the complexity of the issues involved. "We have not seen nor received an official response from the North Korean regime regarding the North Korea-US summit," a spokesman for the South Korean Ministry of Unification said on Monday, BBC reports. "I feel they're approaching this matter with caution ...
White House Blames Russia For NotPetya Cyberattack
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White House Blames Russia For NotPetya Cyberattack

The White House on Thursday blamed Russia for the devastating ‘NotPetya’ cyberattack last year, joining the British government in condemning Moscow for unleashing a virus that crippled parts of Ukraine’s infrastructure and damaged computers in countries across the globe. The attack launched in June 2017 by the Russian military “spread worldwide, causing billions of dollars in damage across Europe, Asia and the Americas,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. “It was part of the Kremlin’s ongoing effort to destabilize Ukraine and demonstrates ever more clearly Russia’s involvement in the ongoing conflict,” Sanders said. “This was also a reckless and indiscriminate cyberattack that will be met with international consequences.” The strongly worded but brief s...
Donald Trump Security Team Considers Building US 5G Network To Counter Chinese Spying Threats
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Donald Trump Security Team Considers Building US 5G Network To Counter Chinese Spying Threats

President Donald Trump’s national security team is looking at options to counter the threat of China spying on U.S. phone calls that include the government building a super-fast 5G wireless network, a senior administration official said on Sunday. The official, confirming the gist of a report from Axios.com, said the option was being debated at a low level in the administration and was six to eight months away from being considered by the president himself. The 5G network concept is aimed at addressing what officials see as China’s threat to U.S. cyber security and economic security. The Trump administration has taken a harder line on policies initiated by predecessor Barack Obama on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea to Chinese efforts to acquire U.S. s...
North Korea’s Participation At Winter Olympics To Highlight Message Of Peace – Official
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North Korea’s Participation At Winter Olympics To Highlight Message Of Peace – Official

North Korea’s participation at February’s Winter Olympics will form an integral part of an opening ceremony that will highlight a key message of peace, Games organisers said on Tuesday. The 2018 Winter Olympics is being held in the mountainous resort town of Pyeongchang, 80 km (49.71 miles) from the heavily-fortified inter-Korean border. It kicks off with the opening ceremony on Feb. 9. Song Seung-hwan, a Games official, said peace had been set as the main motif of the opening gala even before North Korea decided to join the Games. “We have worked on all of our scenarios under the theme of peace,” Song, who is serving as the executive creative director for the Pyeongchang ceremonies, told a news conference in Pyeongchang. “Although North Korea’s participation was decided bel...
North Korea’s Actions Threaten Civil Aviation
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North Korea’s Actions Threaten Civil Aviation

What would you think if you were traveling by air and looked out the airplane window and saw a missile? For people flying in East Asia, it’s not a far-fetched idea. On November 28, 2017, crew members on a commercial flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong witnessed parts of North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test flying through the sky. “The potential for a North Korean missile or parts of it to affect civilian aircraft is real,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said at a January 16 meeting in Vancouver with ministers from 20 nations who gathered to discuss security and stability in the Korean Peninsula. The meeting brought together nations committed to stopping North Korea’s dangerous nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Tillerson cited U.S. Federal Aviation Admin...
South Korea Welcomes Pyongyang’s Olympic Participation
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South Korea Welcomes Pyongyang’s Olympic Participation

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has welcomed Kim Jong Un’s apparent willingness to enter into dialogue and called for swift measures to help North Korea participate in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics during a Cabinet meeting, in Seoul, on Tuesday. The North Korean leader struck an unusually conciliatory note in his annual New Year’s Day address Monday, declaring his hope “for (a) peaceful resolution with our southern border.” In the televised address, Kim called for peace on the Korean peninsula and said North Korean representatives should start talks with their South Korean counterparts “as soon as possible” to discuss sending a delegation to the 2018 Winter Games, to be hosted in South Korea next month. Moon, who has long advocated for closer relations with the North, de...
Kim Jong-Un Celebrates New Year By Revealing ‘Nuclear Button’ On His Desk
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Kim Jong-Un Celebrates New Year By Revealing ‘Nuclear Button’ On His Desk

Kim Jong-Un ushered in 2018 by warning the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk ready for use if North Korea is threatened, but offered an olive branch to South Korea, saying he was “open to dialogue” with Seoul.   After a year dominated by fiery rhetoric and escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Kim used his televised New Year’s Day speech to declare North Korea “a peace-loving and responsible nuclear power” and call for lower military tensions on the Korean peninsula and improved ties with the South.   “When it comes to North-South relations, we should lower the military tensions on the Korean Peninsula to create a peaceful environment,” Kim said. “Both the North and the South should make efforts.” Kim said he w...
We aren’t developing biological weapons – North Korea
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We aren’t developing biological weapons – North Korea

North Korea rejected US allegations that it is developing biological weapons, saying that the claim is part of Washington’s scheme to stifle the regime, according to a Yonhap report, on Wednesday. In President Donald Trump’s first National Security Strategy released on Monday, North Korea was accused of pursuing chemical and biological weapons that can also be delivered by missile. “The DPRK, as a state party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), maintains its consistent stand to oppose development, manufacture, stockpiling and possession of biological weapons,” North Korea’s Institute for American Studies, which is affiliated with the foreign ministry, was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The institute added that the “groundless” claims by US exper...
Kim Jong-Un Executes Two Senior Officials Over Failed Nuclear Test
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Kim Jong-Un Executes Two Senior Officials Over Failed Nuclear Test

Kim Jong-un has reportedly executed two top officials in just five days over mishaps at North Korea’s test missile site. The latest unnamed executive was killed after he allegedly took responsibility for setbacks at the Punggye-ri nuclear base, which led to the date of a rocket launch being pushed back. Five days ago, a high-ranking official once described as the ‘second most powerful man in North Korea’ disappeared from public life, sparking speculation he too may have been executed by death squads. General Hwang Pyong-so once held the most senior military position in the hermit state as a Vice-Marshall after the supreme leader. The most recent victim was said to be the director of Bureau 131, in charge of construction at Kim’s missile and nuclear bases. Back in September, ...
China Air Force Drills In Sea Of Japan, Around Taiwan
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China Air Force Drills In Sea Of Japan, Around Taiwan

China’s Air Force carried out another round of long-range drills, on Monday, flying into the Sea of Japan, prompting South Korean jets to scramble, and again around self-ruled Taiwan amid growing tension over China’s assertiveness in the region. China has in recent months ramped up its long-range air force drills, particularly around Taiwan, claimed by China as its own. The air force said in a statement that fighter and bomber aircraft flew through the Tsushima Strait that separates South Korea from Japan and into international waters in the Sea of Japan. The Sea of Japan is not Japan’s, and the drills were lawful and reasonable, air force spokesman Shen Jinke said in the statement, describing the exercises as routine and pre-planned. In Seoul, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Sta...
US Military Practicing For An Invasion Of North Korea – Reports
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US Military Practicing For An Invasion Of North Korea – Reports

The United States Military has conducted joint training operations with South Korean forces to practice removing nuclear weapons from North Korea in the event of war, according to reports. Citing military sources, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported that the “Warrior Strike” exercise took place north of Seoul between Tuesday and Friday. Hundreds of soldiers from both sides took part in the training to remove weapons of mass destruction from the North. The training exercise comes amid escalating tensions between North Korea and its perceived enemies, with Russia and China also conducting air defense drills against the rogue state this week. President Donald Trump has previously stated that the United States will use “fire and fury” and “totally destroy North Korea,” while als...
Sudan Cutting Trade, Military Ties To North Korea – US
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Sudan Cutting Trade, Military Ties To North Korea – US

The United States said on Thursday that Sudan will cut all military and trade ties to North Korea, a move that would be a significant victory in the Trump administration’s efforts to isolate the Stalinist nation amid increasing tensions over the North’s testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Sudan is taking the step due to the “critical threat” posed by the North’s nuclear program. She said the United States welcomed the decision, which was announced after a visit to Khartoum by Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. That visit came as the US and Sudan, encouraged by Israel and Saudi Arabia, moved to improve ties after decades of hostility. “Isolating the North Korean regime is a top priority for the United States, and i...
Pope In Nuclear WARNING: ‘Disturbing’ Prophecy Of ‘Catastrophic’ Destruction
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Pope In Nuclear WARNING: ‘Disturbing’ Prophecy Of ‘Catastrophic’ Destruction

He condemned the escalation of the arms race and the price of modernising and developing weaponry.   The world is in the midst of a nuclear crisis with North Korea almost "nuclear ready" despite global outcry.   Pope Francis said the result is that "the real priorities" such as the fight against poverty and the promotion of peace and human rights are relegated to second place.   He added: "Nor can we fail to be genuinely concerned by the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental effects of any employment of nuclear devices."   This comes as there was a nuclear fallout alert in Europe. Pope Francis was speaking at an International Symposium, "Prospects for a World Free from Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament", organised by the V...
North Korean Soldier Shot While Defecting To South Korea
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North Korean Soldier Shot While Defecting To South Korea

A North Korean soldier was shot and injured by his own side Monday (Nov 13) while defecting to South Korea at the truce village of Panmunjom, the South’s military said. The soldier crossed to the south side of the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom, the only portion of the border Demilitarised Zone where forces from the two sides come face-to-face, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. “Our military has taken in a North Korean soldier after he crossed from a North Korea post towards our Freedom House,” the statement said, referring to a building on the South side of the village which is bisected by the border. The defector was taken to hospital after being shot by another North Korean soldier, the South’s military said. Details of his condition were not immediately availabl...
‘SNL’ Mocks Roy Moore Sex Scandal
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‘SNL’ Mocks Roy Moore Sex Scandal

The cold open of the “SNL” began with Vice President Mike Pence talking to Alabama Senator Roy Moore about his sex scandal from 40 years ago in which he allegedly had relations with a girl who was 14 years old. While the show general makes fun of Donald Trump, this week the sketch comedy show focused instead on Moore. Watch the “Saturday Night Live” video below. With the exception of the cold open that had Jason Aldean singing “I Won’t Back Down” in October, following the shooting massacre outside the Mandalay Bay Casino Hotel in Las Vegas where the country singer was performing at the Route 61 Harvest Festival, the rest of the cold opens during Season 43 have been about the president. Last week, for instance, the late-night comedy show lampooned Trump’s connection to Paul Manafort, a for...
Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump Jr. For Tweeting The Wrong Day To Vote
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Stephen Colbert Mocks Trump Jr. For Tweeting The Wrong Day To Vote

Donald Trump Jr. — or as Stephen Colbert likes to call him, “man who reads Maxim on his Kindle” — found himself a source for fodder on the late-night television circuit over his tweet about the Virginia election. Tuesday morning, Trump Jr. wrote, “Let’s take @EdWGillespie across the finish line tomorrow! Virginia: get out and vote for Ed & entire @GOP ticket #VAGov #VA.” The problem was that the election happened on Tuesday and not Wednesday. “Maybe he should’ve waited until he had his morning cup of hair gel,” Colbert said on The Late Show Tuesday night. The personality added, “#WhoopsieDaisy #TurnsOutEricIsTheSmartOne.” Trump Jr. continued tweeting the same mistake, but Colbert had some sympathy for him. “Right now he has to be under tremendous pressure because for the next seven ...

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